Joey's first night here went SO well last night. He slept on my bed the entire night, didn't make a peep, and didn't have to go out to pee or anything. I was expecting it to be a rough night, but he was an angel.
I thought it was so interesting to read the comments on yesterday's post about black dogs. I had no idea that black dogs are generally considered undesirable. My brother's dog, Bailey, is a black lab, and she is gorgeous! When we told Eli we were thinking about getting a dog, his only request was that the dog was black. When we picked Joey, it had nothing to do with his looks, but lucky for Eli, he happened to be black ;) Anyway, I just thought it was interesting that black dogs are harder to adopt out.
The kids had school today, so after they left, I wanted to go to the rec center and get in a deep water run. It was sad leaving Joey, because he saw me getting my coat and shoes on, and he got excited like he was going somewhere. When I got to the rec, I did my favorite 8 x 2:30 interval run in the pool. The tether that I made works perfectly! I love that it holds me in place in the water so that I don't have to "run" laps. It's easier to just let my mind wander while I run in place. It'll be even better once the waterproof iPod arrives!
When I got out of the pool, I realized I forgot to bring my towel. So after rinsing off under the shower, I had to just peel off my sopping wet bathing suit and dress in clothes while I was still wet. Not fun! I guarantee I won't ever forget my towel again ;)
When I got home, Joey was super excited to see me. He was very well-behaved while I was gone--nothing was chewed, or peed on, or anything like that. I ate a quick breakfast and then took him to a low-cost vaccination clinic to get his first round of vaccines. There was a list of clinics at the shelter yesterday, and I grabbed the list on my way out; and there happened to be a clinic going on today, so it worked out perfectly.
It was at a pet supplies store, and there were several people in line when we got there. Joey was dying to play with the other dogs, I could tell. He was tested for heart worm (negative), and given his vaccines. Now we just have to make an appointment to have him neutered. When we got home, I ate a quick lunch and then decided to take Joey for a walk to my parents' house. My parents have a large fenced-in yard, so I figured Joey could play in the snow over there.
He LOVED IT. I was cracking up watching him run all over the yard, prancing through the snow. He found a stick and brought it to me, so I played fetch with him for the longest time. He was so funny carrying it around.
We walked back to my house, and it was snowing really hard by that time. I could barely keep my eyes open because the snow was so heavy.
Joey was totally exhausted the rest of the day. He'd walked to and from Noah's bus stop, to and from Eli's bus stop (which totals one mile); to and from my parents' house (2 miles total); and he'd run like crazy all over my parents' yard for an hour.
My next-door neighbor asked if she could come over to bring Joey a treat, and I said sure. I was curious how he would react to someone knocking on the door. He barely moved a muscle when she got here. He accepted her treat, and the promptly just laid on the couch and slept. I don't know if it was the vaccinations or all the exercise, but he is one tired doggy tonight.
I was thrilled to see that I got over 10,000 steps in today, too. I don't think I've done that in about a month (ever since I injured my ankle and had to stop running). Joey is not great on a leash (he pulls), so I'm hoping to work with him on that. My arms are tired! But if that's the only fault he really has, I can certainly manage.
My friend Bonnie sent me a birthday gift which arrived today... wine from a vineyard in Virginia, and one of the bottles is called The Black Dog. Ironic! (When she ordered these, she had no idea that I was even considering getting a dog).
I can't wait to have a glass tonight!